OptiLight IPL

Looking for a long-lasting solution to alleviate dry eye symptoms? OptiLight IPL therapy in Morrisville, NC might be the answer! Call us today to learn more. 

OptiLight IPL

Looking for a long-lasting solution to alleviate dry eye symptoms? OptiLight IPL therapy in Morrisville, NC might be the answer! Call us today to learn more. 

OptiLight by Lumenis – Treatment for Dry Eye Disease  

Dry eye disease is becoming increasingly common, affecting millions of people worldwide. This chronic condition can significantly impact your life, sometimes making even the smallest of tasks seem difficult.  

If you have eye pain, blurry vision, and dry, watery eyes, you might have dry eye disease. But don’t worry! With an in-depth eye exam, our team can assess your vision and eye health to get you the treatment you need.  

With treatments like OptiLight by Lumenis, we can help manage your dry eye symptoms and get you back to seeing clearly and comfortably. Keep reading to learn more about OptiLight by Lumenis and how it can improve your life.  

What is dry eye disease?  

Dry eye disease is a common eye condition that occurs when there is an issue with any one of the three components of your tears.  

Your tears are made up of three distinct layers, all of which work together to keep your eyes healthy:  

  • The oily layer prevents your tears from evaporating too quickly  
  • The watery (aqueous) layer delivers nutrients to your eyes  
  • The mucus layer allows your tear film to adhere to the surface of your eyes  

What are the two types of dry eye disease?  

There are two types of dry eye disease.  

Evaporative dry eye (EDE)  

EDE is the most common type of dry eye disease. This type of dry eye occurs when you lack the proper amount of oil in your tears. When this happens, your tears can evaporate too quickly, drying out your eyes.  

More about evaporative dry eye (EDE)

In some cases, EDE can be caused by meibomian gland dysfunction, a disorder where the meibomian glands in your eyes become blocked, limiting the amount of oil being produced for your tears.  

Aqueous tear deficiency (ATD)  

If you suffer from  ATD, your eyes lack the aqueous layer in your tears. This means that your eyes aren’t producing enough tears to keep your eyes moist, which can lead to irritating and uncomfortable symptoms.  

What are the symptoms of dry eye disease?  

If you are suffering from dry eye disease, you may notice any of the following symptoms:  

  • A burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes  
  • Stringy mucus in or around your eyes  
  • Irritated or overly watery eyes  
  • Sensitivity to light (or photophobia) 
  • Eye redness, blurred vision, or eye fatigue  
  • A sensation of having something in your eyes  
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses  

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, book an appointment with our eye doctor to receive a dry eye disease diagnosis and get the treatment you need.  

What is OptiLight by Lumenis?  

OptiLight by Lumenis is a safe, gentle, and effective treatment for managing dry eye disease. This non-invasive procedure is the first and only FDA-approved intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment for dry eye management.

OptiLight uses pulses of light precisely administered in the area below the eyes to reduce dry eye symptoms. This 10–15 minute procedure can relieve dry eye symptoms by:  

  • Increasing tear break-up time 
  • Reducing the amount of Demodex mites and bacteria around your eyes 
  • Decreasing inflammation 
  • Improving meibomian gland functionality 

What to expect  

If your eye doctor has recommended OptiLight treatment, they will go over everything you can expect before, during, and after your appointment.  

To prepare for your appointment, you should avoid:  

  • Using skin brightening agents or serums for the week before your appointment  
  • Using tanning beds for one month before your appointment  
  • Getting Botox for at least three months before your appointment  
  • Taking oral isotretinoin, tetracycline, or doxycycline in the three months before your appointment  

Am I a good candidate for OptiLight by Lumenis?  

During an eye exam, your doctor can determine if it is the right option for you. In general, OptiLight isn’t recommended for patients who are taking certain medications like Accutane, have active acne, suffer from certain skin disorders, are susceptible to keloid scarring, have severe scarring, or have recently had a severe sunburn. 

OptiLight treatment in Morrisville, NC 

This treatment is fast and simple, taking only 10–15 minutes. During your treatment, your doctor will apply a cool gel on the treatment area and cover your eyes with shields to protect them.  

As light is applied to the skin, you may experience a warm or a tapping sensation, but you shouldn’t feel any pain.  

Post-procedure care  

While side effects are uncommon, your eyes may feel slightly drier or grittier the day after your procedure. If you experience dry eyes, you can use preservative-free artificial tears.  Following your treatment, your skin will be sensitive, so we recommend avoiding sun exposure and wearing sunscreen.  

Find relief today  

You don’t have to live with the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eye disease. With OptiLight by Lumenis, your symptoms can be managed effectively and efficiently, restoring your quality of life.

Our dry eye specialists in Morrisville, North Carolina are always here to help you find relief from dry eyes. Book an appointment today to see how OptiLight by Lumenis can help you!